By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A savvy wife has brought a whole new meaning to her husband ‘being in the doghouse’ – by building a pub named the Doghouse Inn in her back garden in an attempt to stop him heading to their local boozer.
Jayne Tapper, 48, created the ultimate solution to keeping her husband at home and managed to get her husband Paul, firmly on a leash – as he now spends his evenings in the back garden – instead of down the pub.
Building her own inn in the back garden, the crafty mum-of-three made the aptly named Doghouse Inn over a span of five months – now hosting infamous boozy parties and managing to keep her husband from ever wanting to leave the house.
Jayne, a nurse from Newton Abbot, Devon, said: “My husband Paul, 53, an engineer had always loved popping down to our local, and I could never seem to keep him at home.
“And so I got thinking – why not create my own pub, become my own lady and then I can really tell people – my husband’s in the doghouse!
“We’d had to get the garden levelled out anyway, which had been expensive, over £15,000, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to play out what I’d always wanted.
“He won’t want to go to the local anymore – we have three basset hounds and a mate was able to create us a sign for the front of the pub, with one of our dogs, Rufus on.
“Then I worked on making it like a proper pub – because to start with, it was just like a log house.
“But I wanted people to be astounded so we continued to transform it into a mini pub.”
Jayne’s three children, Tom, 31, Lorren, 24 and Jack, 26, all love the pub in the garden too – as they’re able to have friends round and get in the drinks, without spending all their cash.
Now the family reckon they’ve saved hundreds in the long run – as it’s less trips out and more time spent in.
Jayne added, “Paul will even bring round his mates now and we always seem to be busy.
“For the initial build of the cabin, that cost us about £2,700.
“We had to insulate it as in the beginning, it was just like a log cabin – but we had materials for insulation very kindly given to us by a friend.
“Then I could start filling it with things that I wanted – I trawled through social media and cheap to buy sites.
“One of the things I’d always wanted was a church pew which I managed to snag for only £100 and my one big spend was a space invader game which cost the most at around £650.
“The bar itself to stock and build cost only around £400, and I was lucky – the sofa and TV came free from family and friends.
“We had fridges donated and then a double one costing £100.
“A fire heater became one of the pub’s centre points costing about £70, and then all the little knickknacks, like signs, pictures and tankards I went and collected from car boots and eBay.
“I’m always finding things for the little pub, and it’s not just become a man cave as such for Paul – I love using it too and I’d quite happily spend most nights in there.
“It’s great to chill in and it really does feel like I’m in my local!”
PUB PRICE BREAKDOWN:
BUILD OF CABIN £2,700
MATERIALS FOR INSULATION: FREE
CHURCH PEW: £100
SPACE INVADER GAME: £650
FIRE HEATER: £70
SIGNS, PICTURES, TANKARDS: £50 APPROX
TOTAL APPROX: £4070